Is it Wednesday again? That happened fast.
For this week’s Show & Tell Wednesday I have prepared a little tour for you. I call it April’s Sewing Hall of Horrors. Although, April’s Sewing Hall of Foibles would be a more accurate title, it just didn’t have the same dramatic, ominous feel to it. While I am seriously tempted to just let you all think that everything I touch turns out lovely, that would not be truthful, and being truthful is important.
So without further ado~
Exhibit 1: “The Evil Dress”
I made this dress last summer to wear on our vacation to Tucson. I was going for that classic, seaside summer look. I know what you’re thinking. You’re thinking “That dress doesn’t look evil. It looks darling.” I thought you might say that so I offer up photographic evidence~
Still not convinced? Very well then.
I call this one, “No I’m not 5 months pregnant. Why do you ask?”
I think after reviewing the evidence we can all agree that this is truly an evil dress. Oh the power of an evil dress… capable of making a grown woman cry.
Exhibit 2: “Broken Heart”
Some of you may remember the heart on the left side from my Valentines Day Series. That heart coin purse was the result of many other attempts. The heart on the right side was the first version.
I wanted the zipper to go down the middle of the heart but I just couldn’t make it work. The zipper wouldn’t stay lined up with the points and it wrecked the shape of the heart. You can see from this picture that the lining is very loose and puckered.
Exhibit 3: “Ambiguous Stuffed Animal Thingy”
It’s supposed to be a bear.
I wanted it to be a little primitive looking but this just looks like a 3-year-old made it.
Three-year-old making the bear = impressive.
Thirty-three-year-old making the bear = pathetic.
Exhibit 4: “Perfect waste of a Saturday”
I apologize for the drab, unflattering photo, but it’s a drab, unflattering skirt. I spent most of one Saturday trying to construct a wrap skirt using one of my own skirts as a pattern. I tried it on. It had all the movement and charm of a toilet paper tube. I say toilet paper tube because that’s exactly what it looked like on. A giant, green, toilet paper tube. No picture of it on; I’ve embarrassed myself enough for one day.
Exhibit 5: “Pride Goes Before the Fall”
Admittedly, this is a cute dress. I had successfully made several other dresses for Eliza, so I was feeling pretty confident when I started making this little pinafore. It’s the easiest pattern ever but my cockiness got me in trouble. I neglected to clip the seams before I turned turned it inside out. Which made the curves and seams on the dress, pucker and ripple. I smoothed it out as best I could with the iron, but it never hung right on her.
In addition to that, I put the rick-rack trim on before I made the buttons holes. An honest mistake, but it made it impossible to sew button holes on, because the machine kept getting caught on the rick-rack. So I had the brilliant idea to sew snaps on the shoulders, and use fabric glue to glue buttons over the snaps.
The buttons came off the very first time I washed the dress. The seams I had worked so hard to smooth out puckered up even more after a trip through the dryer.
As much as I enjoy occasionally poking fun at myself, that isn’t the real reason I decided to do this post.
Here’s where I get out my soapbox.
There are reasons for not wanting to try something new. Good reasons. Maybe you’re in a busy season of your life. You’ve evaluated your priorities and realized you can’t take on anything else. That’s a great reason; that’s showing wisdom. Maybe you say “That’s really neat, but it’s not for me.” I think that’s a totally valid reason, and I have a lot of respect for a person who is comfortable enough in their own skin to say that. Not trying something new because you’re afraid you’ll mess up is not a legitimate reason. It’s no good. You’re not allowed to use it anymore. You got that? Good.
“Sometimes courage is the small voice that says, I will try again”.